There’s a funny thing with us humans. Sometimes we get so occupied with the “what” that we overlook the “why.” Take the stand up. Tell us what you did yesterday, doing today, and what obstacles are in the way. But WHY are you there? This is the difference between understanding the mechanics of scrum and embodying an agile mindset. So here’s my why’s. Yours may vary.
This is our last responsible moment. We’ve put off making a decision as long as possible about what we should do next, and now it’s time to decide. It’s the entry point for work into our sprint backlog and the opportunity for the team to predict how much work can be completed by sprint end. We should walk out of this ceremony with a vision of what we’re doing over the course of the sprint and a set of goals that unifies us as a team.
It embodies this agile principle: “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.”